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Police training on syringes beneficial.

Police officer training in Tijuana, Mexico, potentially improved relations between officers and drug users and may improve public health, a study in June's AJPH found.

In Tijuana, it is lawful to carry syringes, but many Tijuana police officers were unaware of the policy.

Police confiscated the syringes, causing drug users to use dirty needles to get high and risk infection, researchers said.

Drug users without access to sterile syringes are at risk of not only being infected with a disease, such as HIV and hepatitis C, but spreading an infection to sexual partners and community.

Tijuana police trained on syringe legality and positive interaction with drug users resulted in more than half of the officers following through on the instruction during patrols.

More than 400 police officers received training by video, and over 1,300 were trained in person. SHIELD, or Safety and Health Integration in the Enforcement of Laws on Drugs, was the method used.

The Tijuana police training likely improved public health in the city, the study concluded, and a similar training program should be considered in other cities to align police practices with formal policies.

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Title Annotation:JOURNAL WATCH: Highlights from recent issues of APHA's American Journal of Public Health
Author:Barna, Mark
Publication:The Nation's Health
Geographic Code:1MEX
Date:Aug 1, 2019
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